Monday, March 15, 2010

Melting PAN Monday-Special Giveaway!!

This is an unusual Melting-Pot-Monday post because I have an EXTRA SPECIAL GIVEAWAY for you. 

So the other day I was perched on my bar stool, searching on the web for a good recipe for dinner. I stumbled onto this yummy Rachel Ray lasagna recipe.  Here is the recipe for Rachel Ray's Mile-High Lasagna...

•2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
•1 large onion, grated
•1 pound ground sirloin
•2 to 3 cloves garlic, grated
•2 cups beef stock
•1 can San Marzano tomatoes (28 ounces)
•1 can crushed tomatoes (15 ounces)
•3 to 4 basil leaves, torn
•Salt and freshly ground black pepper
•4 tablespoons butter
•4 tablespoons flour
•1 quart milk
•A few grates fresh nutmeg
•2 boxes oven-ready lasagna noodles (use 1 box per loaf pan)
•2 cups grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, divided
•1/2 cup provolone cheese, grated
•Parsley, chopped, for garnish

PreparationPreheat oven to 375ºF.

Place a large skillet over medium-low heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Cook the onion and the garlic, stirring frequently, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Turn the heat under the skillet up to medium-high and add the beef to the pan. Cook it through, stirring frequently and breaking the meat up with a wooden spoon or potato masher. Add the beef stock, tomatoes and basil to the pot and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Mash the tomatoes up with the potato masher or wooden spoon, bring the sauce up to a bubble, then reduce the heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 5 minutes.

While the red sauce is simmering, place a medium-size pot over medium heat and melt the butter. Sprinkle the flour over the melted butter and cook the mixture for about 1 minute. Whisk the milk slowly into the butter-flour mixture and cook until thickened. Season the white sauce with salt, freshly ground pepper and the nutmeg.

Cover two loaf pans with a layer of foil for easy removal from the pan. Ladle about 1 cup of the red sauce into the bottom of the first lined loaf pan. Put down a layer of lasagna noodles, then top them with about a cup of white sauce and a handful of Parmigiano Reggiano (about 1/4 cup). Continue building the lasagna, alternating layers of noodle, red sauce, noodle, white sauce and cheese, until all the noodles are covered. End the lasagna on a layer of red sauce and top it off with the grated provolone and some Parmigiano-Reggiano. Repeat this process with the other loaf pan and the remaining sauce.

Cover the pans with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 15 minutes until the noodles are tender and the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Remove the pans from the oven and let cool for 15-20 minutes to let the lasagna set. Pull the lasagna out of the pans by the edges of the foil, pull the foil down from around the lasagna and cut with a serrated knife. Garnish each slice with fresh parsley.
(from the website of Rachel Ray)

So now to the giveaway part...

Thanks to CSN stores, one of you will have to chance to win a special Rachel Ray Lasagna Pan to try out this yummy recipe. 
Before I get to the entry details, let me tell you a bit about CSN. They are an online retailer based in Boston that started out in 2002 as two employees and one online shop. They have now become one of the top 3 online US reatilers of home and office goods with over 400 employees and 200 online stores. They sell cookware, toys, furniture, pet supplies, the list goes on and on.
TO ENTER: If you would like to win the Rachel Ray Bubble and Brown Lasagna Pan, visit CSN and leave a comment on this post telling me an item that caught your eye.  Don't cook, I know you can think of someone who does...think Mother's Day, birthday present for your favorite cook.  This would make a perfect gift for you or someone you know!  Good Luck!  The giveaway will close on March 31! Open to readers with US or Canadian mailing addresses. 


vslavetopassionv said...

oh, you are evil to send me to this website!!! lol! I think what DIDN'T catch my eye would make a shorter list!! grrr! Now I am making lists of things I want.

Currently looking through all the gorgeous sheet sets! lol! I could be here all day!


Stacy said...

Wow they have a lot of stuff I want! I need a shopping spree there! lol

I really loved this metal wall art with is very steampunk-ish.

And I have seen Rachel Ray use that pan before and I am GREEN with envy! I love it!

Lisa R said...

I want the American Retro Pedal Sedan Taxi - my husband had a pedal car when was little(1957 model)and although in rough shape both our kids used it while they were small. Would love to have this pedal taxi for my granddaughter.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Kelsey said...

This bedding set is gorgeous!

I'd love to win this for my mom. She is the best cook, and I know she would make good use of the lasagna pan!

Thanks for the contest,

Pricilla said...

I could really use this stick blender
thank you
kaiminani at gmail dot com

Virginia C said...

Oh, My! Definitely "YUM-OH"!

Le Creuset 7.25-Quart Round French Oven in Cobalt - L2501-2830. This is one serious cooker--possibly bullet-proof : )

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

throuthehaze said...

I like the Cuisinart Prep Plus 11-Cup Food Processor in Black

throuthehaze at gmail dot com

rubynreba said...

I like the All Clad stainless 7 qt Dutch oven.

ginnn7 said...

i love the Bluworld Large Center Mount Gardenfall Botanica Series Floor Fountain.


edmontonjb said...

I need new measuring cups so the All-Clad Specialties Measuring Cup Set caught my eye


CallMeKayla said...

Hmm.. I'm very tempted to buy the food processor.. But then again, I'm still looking for inexpensive tart rings!

Bethany said...

I like the Gorillaz playsets trapeeze rings (for an outdoor playset).

logan 4301 at

Deb said...

I like the world trunk


koopermom said...

Ooh, I just love CSN! I'd get a Le Crueset dutch oven!!!!

Merrie L. said...

I'd love the iittala Origo Brown Dinnerware Set - Origo Brown Set.

xxsquigglesxx said...

This bookshelf caught my eye!


Sue said...

The Le Creuset Panini Press in cherry totally caught my eye! Thank you for the giveaway! This is great.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

DonnaD said...

Home Styles Kitchen Island Cart with Stainless Steel Top - 5217-95

I've been looking for something for my kitchen/dining room since we moved here last June. This is nice and might be just what I need. At least the CSN site is another place I can look at for things I need - uh, let's make that 'want', need is a bit strong :) . Thank you for the site reference. [Oh, and I would love to have the lasagna pan.]

CrystalGB said...

I love Rachael Ray. I would love to have her 10 piece cookware set in Orange. Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.


joder said...

They have alot of great stuff at their site. Very stylish and usable. I like the magnetic cannisters spice rack.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

ann said...

I love CSN. that site came in handy when shopping for the house decor. I'm currently pining over a stainless steel cookset, and they have many to pine over!


Sarah B. said...

The Berndes Signocast 10-Quart Stock Pot with Glass Lid looks really nice.

mammabear06 at gmail dot com

Jenna said...

They have some ceiling fans I would love to get...

lag123 said...

I like the bubble cobalt blue drinkware. Thank you for the giveaway and I will have to try this recipe.

nfmgirl said...

Beautiful! I need a new kitchen faucet and like the Kohler Coralais Single-Control Kitchen Sink Faucet.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

deltay said...

So much awesome stuff! But I'm going to have to go with the AeroMAT Wobble Board - 33815; it just looks so cool, and like a lot of fun :)


Carol L. said...

This site was filled with so many things.But I found a bed called
Hillsdale Brookland Bed and have to have it.
I love lasagne and would love that pan. Count me in too.
Carol L.

Sarah Kaiser said...

So many kids' toys! So little time...

I really liked this stacking/counting toy:

Too cute! And an old-fashioned way to teach counting, shapes, and sorting. No batteries! :)

Stephanie said...

I would love to be able to get the Zwilling JA Henckels Twin Signature 11 Piece Block Cutlery Set.

steffanie771 at hotmail dot com

Julie said...

Wow that website has some beautiful home decor.


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